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Children of Blood and Bone

Written by: Tomi Adeyemi
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (291 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2019 Audie Award for Audiobook of the year.

This program is narrated by acclaimed reader Bahni Turpin, whose past work includes The Hate U Give and The Underground Railroad

In Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut.

They killed my mother.

They took our magic.

They tried to bury us.

Now we rise. 

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. 

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers - and her growing feelings for an enemy. 

©2018 Tomi Adeyemi (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"Bahni Turpin's breathtaking narration of this exhilarating novel will keep listeners rooted to their seats, listening intently.... Turpin's captivating narration, with incantations sung in Yoruba, intense battles, and lively, devastating dialogue, makes this an audiobook not to be missed." (AudioFile)

"[Narrator Bahni Turpin] excels at customizing her voice to capture the unique personalities of each character.... This excellent, refreshing performance of Adeyemi's exciting debut is recommended for all collections where fantasy is popular." (Booklist)

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I’m speechless!

Wow. What a book. It is a breath of much needed (and long overdue) fresh air. I am so glad I bought the kindle version and the audible as well. I think I might even buy the physical book too just so I can see it in my shelf and show it off. I feel so blessed, grateful and proud to be who I am and see my people represented so beautifully.

Thank you Tomi for writing this book. You’ve inspired me to start putting words onto paper of a story that I’ve had in my head for years. And thank you Bahni for your incredible narration.
Coming across gems like this book are like a gift from the gods themselves. The future shines brighter than ever before!



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Absolutely amazing

I WANT MORE!! I had to check and make sure there was a sequel coming because I need to know what happened!! Did magic come back? Such a powerful, moving, gripping story. Wonderfully written and performed. I hope there is a movie in the works because I would love to see this story told on big screen! The author's note at the end is also incredibly moving. Strongly recommend that everyone read/listen to this book.

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Narration was disappointing

Wish this story was narrated by someone who knew the language well enough to pronounce the words properly. As a Yoruba person I struggled to connect with this book which I didn’t think would be a problem when purchasing it.

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A new wold full of adventure

I was swept up in the world. A new wold full of adventure that kept me sneaking in time to read.

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Thoroughly enjoyed!

This book was an emotional coaster connecting the listener to realities that are happening in our world today. So much so it was sometimes hard to continue, but I'm very glad I did.

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Could not stop listening!

I loved this story and cannot wait for the next book by Tomi Adeyemi! Could not stop listening, finished it in 2 days.

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A fascinating story

Although it is not my type of book, I persevered and found this book to be a wonderful start for the author. I suspect that there will be other books given her descriptive and smooth writing style. I can understand the high ratings, but it simply did not capture me fully. I would not discourage anyone from reading or listening to it.

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Amazing Setting; Characters need some work

Really interesting setting and the magic works. Really interesting premise and it has some great moments.

Falls a little short with character consistency (with the exception of Amari), but a fairly good story and message.

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A fantasy like no other...

I loved this book; I found the characters compelling, the world building well done, and the story fast-paced and exciting. The story incorporates African folklore and culture with classic fantasy elements, with strong female leads and a powerful message. The narrator was fantastic as well.

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Exotic and immersive

Loved the rich narration. Thoroughly enjoyed the story on my morning commute. Can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Samantha
  • 2018-03-09

Beautifully Written

I was watching GMA on 3/7/18 and I saw the author Tomi Adeyemi being interviewed by Robin Roberts talking about her book and how excited she was when Stephen King reached out to her on Twitter, yes ma’am he knows your name now. Lol.
So I decided to download it.
I just finished the book today on 3/8/18, yes it took me two days to listen to the whole thing. After downloading the book, first thing I did was turned off my television and I sat in my dark bedroom listening to the book. I felt like I was Sebastian from the Never Ending Story... lol. For 18 hours I listened to this awesome book. Only stopping to eat, sleep and use the restroom. That’s how caught up I was, my husband didn’t even mess with me because he knew better. Lol.
It was Amazing, Captivating, Brilliantly Written. I love how the author took us on this quest into her imagination. Thank you Tomi Adeyemi.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-03

The first half is amazing, but...

I loved and devoured the first half of the book. Great fantasy setting, interesting plot, vivid and amazing writing. But where it dropped for me is when the plot and agency of the book came to a grinding halt to spend 10 chapters on romance that had not existed at all until that point. I was jarring and it was a struggle to finish the book, let a lone the forced romance.

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  • Antwan C. Suttle
  • 2018-03-07

Amazing Story!

I could see every clan, every Maji, every lock of white hair. I felt every emotion. Such a detailed and well written story.

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  • Tenia
  • 2018-03-10

AMAZING!

This book was an excellent listen. The narrator was a great fit for this book. as an African American woman, this book was very emotional as my ancestors were stolen from their land and our culture and traditions lost. Listening to this book has me yearning for more. To find out more about where we originated from. I know it's early in 2018, but this is one of the best books I've purchased in a long time.

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  • Ezanya O
  • 2018-03-17

Great book but

I listened and I am enjoying the story. I wish the reader had the right pronunciation for the words or cities. I grew up in Nigeria and it took me a bit to figure out what cities the reader was referring to. I enjoyed it.

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  • Marcia
  • 2018-10-31

Lulled me to sleep night after night

I fell for the hype on this book. I have loved this narrator in the past, but this story just couldn't hold me. There are other books in this genre that I have loved and would recommend.

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  • elle
  • 2018-08-21

Started out Promising But...

After the first few hours of listening it became grindingly slow and a few hours later I could no longer bear to listen. I should have read other reviews before purchasing and I would have been warned how repetitive and boring this book is. The premise was hardly intriguing enough to drive so many hours of repetitive narrative. Fortunately Audible has a return for refund feature so if you decide to buy this book despite being warned and then decide you agree, you will have lost noting but some time.

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  • A. Sunmonu
  • 2018-03-18

amazing new story.....so-so narrator

love the new book....but the narrator ruined it for me. being a Yoruba speaker and understanding the language, it was extremely jarring to have someone mangle the language in a way that makes it clear the narrator doesn't understand what she's saying.
if I didn't know the "foreign" language used, i think I'd have enjoyed the book more.
I hope the next book gets narrated by a dual speaker of English and Yoruba, as it would make an amazing difference....may yet get the e-book version in order to enjoy the book as it should be.
Also, had to listen to the book at 1.4x narration speed, just to have a normal pace!

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  • Eshin
  • 2018-04-16

Audible.. you couldn't find a Yorùbá narrator?





Audible I am thoroughly upset with how this book was narrated!! 4 chapters in and I had to stop to write this review. I cannot go on any further. It is disappointing to think that a book based on my culture has to be butchered in such a way. This book is based on Yorùbá culture, the cities the Dieties the whole entire story... But you are using an actress/narrator who has no idea how to pronounce Yorùbá words like Ìbàdàn and màmá àgbà.... I mean... I cringe every time I hear her say certain words... No offense to her...but she is in no position to do justice to this book.... Are you saying in the whole Wide world we couldn't find a Yorùbá actress or narrator to narrate this award winning book for us?? Please audible.... Africa is not one country and we don't all sound the same and speak the same language... Please for upcoming books in this series I beg you.... Let's get someone that actually speaks the language to narrate and use the proper intonation and accent.... I have been using audible for several years and this is my first negative review.... Please let's do better...

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  • Deborah
  • 2019-02-13

Great story, but an actress who can speak the Yoruba language would have been best

I enjoyed the uplifting messages this book gave readers, such as courage, positivity, bravery, fearlessness, and so much more! I really liked reading about the magical folklore in Nigeria. It seemed to be pretty cool to me. It gave us a view of the authors vivid imagination. I liked how the narrator made it easy to distinguish each character by the tone of voice used for each of them.

With that being said I was disappointed to hear that the book was not narrated by a Nigerian. I’m Nigerian and speak Yoruba and can’t understand how the author did not want to have a Yoruba actress narrate her book. Don’t get me wrong, Bonnie Turpin is a great actress but not for this book.

When I first began to listen to the book, it was very difficult to continue because the narrators accent sounded so opposite of a Yoruba accent. It sounded almost South African to me. The narrator actually confused me when she spoke Yoruba and said the incantations because I found it hard to understand what she was saying most of the time.

Overall, the book was a good read but the narration brought my rating down.

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  • espe
  • 2018-06-12

Histoire inspirante, écriture impressionnante

J'ai adoré ce livre: je l'ai dévore en quelques jours, malgré mes examens. L'intrigue est très bien menée et le rythme de l'histoire est très soutenu

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  • Aluna
  • 2018-12-15

Sympathique

Belle performance audio; Histoire intéressante; Bon système de magie. Un peu trop YA, mais à voir dans la suite :-) Dans tous les cas, je fus ravie de voir ma culture représentée ainsi.